Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation seeks environmental achievers

Posted by | February 4, 2019 10:02 am

Nominations open for the 2019 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Awards

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) is inviting Tennesseans to submit nominations for the 2019 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Awards.

“Being good stewards of our state’s resources is part of what makes Tennessee the beautiful and remarkable place it is,” Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said. “These awards help show that we all can do our part, and I can’t wait to see the potential solutions that individual Tennesseans come up with.”

The Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Awards include 10 unique categories: Building Green, Clean Air, Energy and Renewable Resources, Environmental Education and Outreach, Environmental Education and Outreach (school category), … Read More



Three things we will know in eternity

Posted by | February 4, 2019 8:22 am

By Derrick Coble – West Sparta church of Christ

It is a fact that every person will be in eternity some day.  For the majority, it will happen through death (Heb. 9:27).  Yet, for some it will happen in the presence of the Lord at the last day, when the living will be changed from corruptible to incorruptible (1 Cor. 15:51,52).  For those who have prepared themselves in obedience to the Gospel, eternity brings the joys of Heaven in the very presence of God (Rev. 21:1-4).  On the other hand, for those who are not prepared, eternity brings unending sorrow in the fires of hell (Rev. 14:11; Mat. … Read More


Thirty-three chances to be amazed

Posted by | February 4, 2019 8:21 am

By Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church

Marveled, amazed, wonderment, astonished. All these words kind of bring the same conclusion, and that is that something or someone was mind blowing.

My friend and one of our pastors at church has such a wonderful voice and spirit to go along with it, that sometimes when she sings, I literarily marvel. Other times I’ve watched as a young father gave his heart to the Lord, and I marveled at the transformation I witnessed in him as he walks deeper in faith with Jesus. One day you’re teaching your child how to ride a bike, and the next day they’re teaching their … Read More



Are we in charge of our country or not?

Posted by | February 4, 2019 8:14 am

The Right Stuff – By Donald Holman

And so, we meet again – in a world seemingly tearing itself apart. In my life, although I have witnessed a decrease in “common sense,” I never thought I would see such a total absence of that quality in American political life. We have been discussing (arguing) over a very simple issue. We have thousands of illegals approaching our country and, by last estimate, roughly 30 million already living here. Yet we have the speaker of the House of Representatives claiming we do not need a barrier on the border through which this invasion has come.  Can anyone reading this paper … Read More


Is there anybody in Donald Trump’s administration without ties to Russia?

Posted by | February 4, 2019 8:13 am

Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines

As a left-wing Democratic liberal, I have been concerned about Donald Trump and his close relationship with Vladimir Putin and the appearance that Mr. Putin, in some way, is manipulating certain segments of our American government.  I’ve wondered about it from the day Donald Trump, at a public appearance, asked Russia to find Hillary Clinton’s missing emails.  It seemed within 24 hours, his request was answered and rumors, assumptions, conspiracy theories, and questions started swirling around about Mr. Trump’s connection to Russia and Vladimir Putin.  Those issues are still in the news to this day.  Yes, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation has … Read More


WoodmenLife presents flag to Woodland Park

Posted by | February 4, 2019 8:09 am

WoodmenLife Representative Tim Bumbalough presented a new American flag to Woodland Park Elementary on behalf of WoodmenLife Local Chapter 1110. Shown receiving the new flag is Woodland Park Principal Lane Ward.


ERG – Elite Realty Group welcomes Kent Abston

Posted by | February 4, 2019 8:07 am

Kent Abston is a native of Nashville and moved to the Rock Island area, in 2011, where he enjoys living and working near the Caney Fork River and beautiful Rock Island State Park. Abston has made many friends and met many people from across the state while working at the local Foglight Foodhouse Restaurant. Abston is excited about becoming a new realtor and joining ERG – Elite Realty Group and being a part of a longtime established office of professionals. Abston can be reached at (615) 943-4039 or ( 931) 836-1490.


Action starts off slow in Tennessee General Assembly

Posted by | February 4, 2019 8:04 am

Several bills will be presented this week to various committees in the Tennessee House of Representatives.

A bill about handgun permits has been placed on the House of Representatives’ Judiciary Committee.

HB0041: Handgun Permits – As introduced, requires the department of safety to issue a handgun carry permit containing zeros in place of an expiration date upon request by a permit holder or applicant who is in the military and stationed outside this state.

In the Criminal Justice Subcommittee, a bill that would enact the “JaJuan Latham Act” will be presented. HB0002 would increase the penalty for an aggravated assault or homicide that occurs by a person discharging … Read More


Schools get therapy dogs

Posted by | February 4, 2019 7:57 am

Webster (WCMS)

By Rachel Auberger

Two White County schools will have new members walking around their halls this spring as the middle and high schools add therapy dogs to their staff this May.

Kurt Dronebarger, director of schools, said he came across information online such as an article published by The Conversation, in March 2018, suggesting that the use of therapy dogs can increase motivation for learning. Intrigued with this information, Dronebarger asked Marcie Kinnard, coordinated school health supervisor, to investigate further and help make it a reality for White County.

Kinnard, whose hope is one day to be able to expand the therapy dog program to the … Read More


Sobriety roadside safety checkpoint

Posted by | February 4, 2019 7:15 am

The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting So-briety Roadside Safety Checkpoints starting on February 3rd 2019 through February 9th 2019 on State Route 136 in White County.

Impaired driving is a serious crime that kills more than 16,000 people and injures 305,000 others every year in the United States. Troopers will evaluate drivers for signs of alcohol or drug impairment. Troopers will tar-get those who operate a vehicle while impaired and take corrective actions for other violations observed while ensuring the protection of all motorists.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol recognizes that sobriety checkpoints are highly visible and effective tools in the battle against impaired driving.


Vernon Eugene Fletcher

Posted by | February 2, 2019 9:55 am

Vernon Eugene Fletcher, 71, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 31, 2019, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Fletcher was born Nov. 23, 1947, in Sparta, to J.T. Fletcher and Vera Maie Spivey Fletcher.

In his younger days, he loved to ride motorcycles but quit riding after he had children. However, he continued to be a Ford truck man throughout his life. He loved his red four-wheel drives. In fact, he refused to sell his ’76 red four-wheel drive because all his children learned to drive in that truck. Mr. Fletcher was a great cook and enjoyed cooking for his family. Although he’d probably never admit it, he also … Read More


Ruth Dorlous Moses Davis

Posted by | February 2, 2019 8:47 am

Ruth Dorlous Moses Davis, 91, passed away peacefully, on Jan. 29, 2019, surrounded by family.

She was born Nov. 17 1927.

Growing up in the Appalachian hills, she had a strong bond with her parents and seven siblings. She continued throughout her adult life to maintain significant ties with her native home place and requested her final resting place be in the family section of Whitley Memorial Gardens, in Williamsburg, Kentucky.

Over time, as her health declined, she outlined in detail how she wanted events to proceed at her passing. She specified there was not to be traditional notice nor traditional visitation and other funeral formalities. She emphasized … Read More


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